July 21st edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

County Manager Lee A. Niblock’s FY16 Budget Message
Court Services Director Interviewed on Alachua County Talks
Lieutenant David Torsell Receives Paramedic of the Year Award
Alachua County Fire Rescue Receives Improved ISO Class
Kanapaha Park Renamed Veterans Memorial Park
Court Services Phone Scam Alert
Take 5- Hawthorne Fire Station
July Extension Programs
Florida Department of Health in Alachua County Emphasizes the Importance of Preventing Mosquito-borne Diseases
Commission Highlights

County Manager Lee A. Niblock’s FY16 Budget Message

At the July 7, 2015, 5:01 p.m. County Commission Special Meeting, County Manager Lee A. Niblock delivered his FY16 Budget Message. This annually delivered message sets the Manager’s proposed direction for spending priorities for the upcoming budget discussions.

In the Budget Message, Manager Niblock states, “Keeping our mission, vision, and values at the forefront, it is with a sense of excitement, determination, and optimism that I present the FY16 Tentative Budget and my first Alachua County Budget Message.” He continued, “The budget process is the fundamental way for you, the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC), to communicate your priorities and vision to the citizens you were duly elected to serve. This recommended budget is responsive to the desires you have articulated in my first seven months on the job.”

Watch the FY16 Budget Message Special Meeting.

View/download the FY16 Budget Message document (PDF).

View/download the complete tentative FY16 Budget document (PDF).

For more information, contact the Alachua County Office of Management and Budget at 352-374-5262.

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Court Services Director Interviewed on Alachua County Talks

A new edition of Alachua County Talks featuring an interview with Alachua County Court Services Director Peria Duncan premieres Friday, July 10, 2015, on Cox Channel 12 TV at 7:30 p.m. Duncan discusses the Court Services Department, its duties, programs, and the services it provides.

In speaking of the program, Alachua County Talks host Mark Sexton said, “Mrs. Duncan has great insight into the challenges facing the criminal justice system. The many Court Services programs designed to divert offenders from the County Jail are much more cost effective and provide a better chance for rehabilitation of the offender.”

View the Interview Online

For more information, visit the Alachua County Court Services website or call 352-338-7930.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Communications Office at 352-374-5204.

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Lieutenant David Torsell Receives Paramedic of the Year Award

On July 8, 2015, Alachua County Fire Rescue Lieutenant David Torsell received the Paramedic of the Year Award from the Florida Department of Health, Emergency Medical Services Section. This award is given to an individual who has displayed a pattern of exemplary patient care, patient care documentation through quality assurance, public education, and training. The award is also marked by an individual who has acted “above and beyond the call of duty” in response to the community he or she serves.

On March 10, 2015, Rescue Lieutenant David Torsell was assigned to ACFR Rescue 3, one of the busiest transport units in the system. After clearing a call, he checked his mobile dispatch computer before returning to the station. Lieutenant Torsell noticed a “Chest Pain” call that dispatch was still processing only a few blocks from his current location. Before he could be dispatched, Lieutenant Torsell directed his partner to drive to the location. Upon their arrival, Lieutenant Torsell noticed that the patient had just collapsed in the caller’s arms. The 56-year-old male patient was placed on the transport stretcher and it was confirmed that he was in cardiac arrest. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) was initiated and the patient was treated with continuous, effective chest compressions, early defibrillation, and successful advanced airway placement.

The caller was able to relay to the crew that the patient had a history of multiple heart attacks. Given this information and the current events, Lieutenant Torsell chose to quickly load and transport the patient to UF Health Emergency Department just 2 miles away. Upon their arrival, it was confirmed that the patient had a return of spontaneous circulation. The time from the 911 call to the arrival at the emergency room with a pulse was less than 10 minutes. As a result of the attentiveness and quick actions by Rescue Lieutenant Torsell, the patient was treated in the Cath Lab and eventually discharged from UF Health with no neurological deficits.

Lieutenant Torsell continues to go above and beyond his normal job duties on a regular basis.

For more information, contact Alachua County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Harold Theus at 352-384-3132 or hmt@alachuacounty.us.

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Alachua County Fire Rescue Receives Improved ISO Class

Alachua County Fire Rescue (ACFR) has been reclassified by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) to a Class 3/10. The new ISO classification means that all properties within 5 miles of an ACFR operated fire station, regardless of the location of the closest fire hydrant, will be classified as an ISO Class 3 beginning October 1, 2015.

The resulting ISO classification is a key factor for many insurance companies when they consider where they will write an insurance policy and for calculating insurance premiums. This improvement in the ISO Classification may result in annual homeowners insurance premiums being reduced (if the homeowners insurance carrier uses the ISO classification), as well as an increase in the number of insurance companies who are willing to write policies in areas with improved ISO class ratings.

This new classification is the result of the ACFR’s redeployment of water tankers throughout the County and has allowed ACFR to be recognized as an organization that can deliver a sustained water supply independent of a domestic water system with hydrants.  ACFR research has shown that there are over 6,500 improved parcels that are currently within 5 miles of one of the County operated fire stations, but not within 1000 feet of a fire hydrant.  These are the property owners who were formerly classified as a Class 3x (formerly Class 9) that will now be classified as an ISO Class 3.  

Impacted property owners in the unincorporated portions of the County, as well as those residents in Waldo, Hawthorne, and Archer, should contact their insurance agents to see if this new ISO classification will benefit them.

View/download detailed maps of areas affected by the ISO classification (PDF).

View/download the Public Protection Classification Summary Report (PDF).

For more information, contact Alachua County Fire Chief Bill Northcutt at 352-384-3130.

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Kanapaha Park Renamed Veterans Memorial Park

At the July 14, 2015, Alachua County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting, the Alachua County Commission voted to waive their facilities naming policy and passed a resolution to change the name of “Kanapaha Park” (located at 7400 S.W. 41st Place, Gainesville), to “Veterans Memorial Park.” The name change honors and recognizes all Alachua County armed services veterans who have sacrificed to protect their country. 

This change will also resolve confusion between Kanapaha Park and Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. Both facilities are owned by the County and are often confused by internet search engines and GPS devices. 

View/download the resolution (PDF).

For more information, contact the Alachua County Communications Office at 352-374-5204.

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Court Services Phone Scam Alert

Alachua County Court Services is receiving reports of people receiving phone calls from someone alleging to be a Court Services representative, who is saying that they need to pay money for a related service. These calls are a scam to defraud residents. Court Services employees do not call clients insisting that they pay money.

If anyone receives such a call, please do not give any payment information. Hang up and call Alachua County Courts Services at 352-338-7390. These incidents also need to be reported to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office at 352-955-1818.

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Take 5- Hawthorne Fire Station

This edition of Alachua County’s “Take 5” highlights the opening of Alachua County Fire Rescue Station 25 in Hawthorne. Station 25 is located at 7405 SE 221st St. in downtown Hawthorne.

View this edition of Take 5.

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July Extension Programs

Water Quality Tours

The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office will be conducting the Water Quality Tours on July 22-24, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Freedom Community Center (7340 SW 41 Place, Gainesville). 

The tour bus leaves each day from the Freedom Community Center at 9 a.m. (participants should arrive by 8:45 a.m. for check-in).  The registration fee is $40.00 (includes lunches and bus fee).  Registration will be limited to the first 50 pre-paid registrants.  To reserve a seat, pay in advance to the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, 2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609.

View/download the Water Quality Tours flyer (PDF).

For more information about this program, call 352-955-2402.

July Family and Consumer Sciences Program

This program is being offered by Brenda C. Williams, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Canning Workshop – July 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Basic information on canning foods using the boiling-water canner and steam pressure canner. Directions and tips will also be included on making jams, jellies, and pickles.

No registration fee; printed materials will be available for $3.00 per set. Please pre-register for this class by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail).

For more information about this program, call 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office Calendar for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

Agriculture & Natural Resources Program

This program is being offered by Barton Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, and will be held at 18310 SE 75 Street, Micanopy, FL.

Summer Pond Workshop – July 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Topics for this workshop will include: controlling aquatic weeds, fish species selection, pond water quality, and stocking rate.

The registration fee is $5.00 (includes dinner). Please register by July 28 at 352-955-2402.

View/download the event flyer (PDF).

For more information about this workshop, please contact Barton Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, at 352-955-2402.

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Florida Department of Health in Alachua County Emphasizes the Importance of Preventing Mosquito-borne Diseases

The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County (FDOH-Alachua) is informing residents that surveillance systems have detected the presence of mosquito-borne viruses.

“FDOH-Alachua would like to remind citizens and visitors of the importance of preventing infection from mosquito-borne diseases,” said Anthony Dennis, Environmental Health Director, FDOH-Alachua. “FDOH-Alachua and local mosquito control are continuing surveillance and prevention efforts throughout the County.”

To prevent mosquito-borne diseases, the Florida Department of Health recommends practicing “Drain and Cover.”

DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.

COVER your skin with clothing and use mosquito repellent.

COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out.

For more information, see the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines.

Residents should report mosquito problems to their municipality’s mosquito control, or the FDOH-Alachua at 352-334-7930.

For more information, contact Anthony Dennis at 352-334-7930.

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Commission Highlights

Disability Awareness Month

The Board proclaimed July 2015 as “Disability Awareness Month” in Alachua County, FL.
Attachment: 
Disability Awareness Month 2015.pdf

Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week

The Board proclaimed July 12 - 18, 2015 as “Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week” in Alachua County, FL.
Attachment: 
Pretrial Probation and Parole Supervision Week 2015.pdf

Parks and Recreation Month

The Board proclaimed July 2015 as “Parks and Recreation Month” in Alachua County, FL.
Attachment: 
Parks and Recreation Month 2015.pdf

Revised Amendment 1

Concerning draft language for a revised Amendment 1 (Water and land conservation initiative) presented by the County Attorney, the Board approved sending a draft to the Water and Land Legacy Committee, the organizations that were the original signatories of Amendment 1, and to also discuss the issue of repealing and replacing Amendment 1.
Attachment: 
Amendment1Proposed.pdf

Low-Zero Maintenance Landscaping

Concerning the Sustainability Council’s update on Implementation of Low-Zero Maintenance Landscaping at County Buildings, The Board:

Accepted staff presentation and report of accomplishments to date, next steps, and schedule of follow-up meetings.

Approved moving this in-progress initiative into the Integrated into Operations list, allowing Facilities to provide follow-up and reports to the Board.

Attachment: integrated_operations_initiatives_matrix.pdf

Sidewalk Mitigation and Bicycle-Pedestrian Planning

The Board heard a report on Sidewalk Mitigation and Bicycle-Pedestrian Planning.

Attachment: 0714BikePedPP.pptx
Attachment: 
0714BikePedPP.pdf

Agreement with County Line Landfill Inc.

The Board approved and executed the First Amendment to the Agreement with County Line Landfill Inc. for processing, reuse, and disposal of vegetative waste.
Amount: $110,734.00
Attachment: 
County Line 1st Amend Final.pdf
Attachment: 
WRR Letter to BoCC 2015.pdf

Veterans Memorial Park

The Board approved renaming Kanapaha Park to Veterans Memorial Park.

Purchase and Sale Agreement

The Board approved of the Purchase and Sale Agreement with New Generation Home Builders, LLC (NGHB) and authorized the Chair to execute the agreement. The Board authorized the Chair to execute any additional documents approved by the County Attorney necessary to complete this transaction.

FY16 Millage Rate

The Board set FY16 millage rate and adopted related resolutions.

Business and Economic Growth Task Force

The Board adopted the revised resolution establishing the Business and Economic Growth Task Force and authorized the Chair’s signature. 

Local Option Gas Tax

The Board adopted an Ordinance ratifying the Board’s emergency adoption of Ordinance Re-establishing the Local Option Gas Tax for the 4th, 5th and 6th Cent Local Option.
Attachment: 
4th_5th_6th_Cent_Gas_Tax_Ratification_Ordinance.pdf
Attachment: 
Emergency_Ordinance_Gas_Tax_COPY.pdf

Landscape Irrigation Efficiency Code

Concerning the Landscape Irrigation Efficiency Code the Board decided to:

Defer the Irrigation Ordinance continuation to August 25.

Request EPD to ask Florida Water Star for a list of other Florida communities who have adopted their standards as an ordinance.

Convene a staff-led workshop with the municipalities on the Landscape Irrigation Ordinance and ask for input and different perspectives to improve the ordinance – Chris/Jim/Lee.

Reques the Manager return to the first Board meeting in August with an update on the workshop.

Attachment: Presentation for 150714 Irrigation Public Hearing.pdf
Attachment: 
Irrigation Efficiency Code Draft 14.pdf

Additional Homestead Exemption

The Board adopted Ordinance 15-XX allowing an additional homestead exemption for persons 65 and older pursuant to Sec. 196.075(2)(b), Fla. Stat.
Amount: $58,318.00
Attachment: 
196075_Additional_homestead_exemption_for_persons_65_and_older.pdf
Attachment: 
Senior Exemptions memo 4.6.15.pdf
Attachment: 
Ordinance super senior homestead tax exemption 042415.pdf

Southampton Traditional Neighborhood Development

The Board approved the proposed Final Plat of Lugano Phase 1 Southampton Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) based on the recommendation by the Development Review Committee, and a finding of consistency with Florida Statues, the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan, and the Alachua County Unified Land Development Code.Attachment: Lugano_Approved_TND_ZMP.pdf
Attachment: 
Lugano_Updated_TND_ZMP.pdf
Attachment: 
LuganoPhs1_Chair_SR.pdf
Attachment: 
LuganoPhs1_Plat_page1of2.pdf
Attachment: 
LuganoPhs1_presentation.pdf
Attachment: 
Lugano_OS_Plan.pdf
Attachment: 
Lugano_LS_Plan.pdf
Attachment: 
LuganoPh1_GM_SR.pdf
Attachment: 
LuganoPhs1_Final_Dev_Plan.pdf
Attachment: 
LuganoPhs1_Plat_page2of2.pdf
Attachment: 
Southampton_TND_ Extensions.pdf

Wood Processing Facility

The Board approved Resolution Z-15-12 approving a minor amendment to a special exception for a wood processing facility in an ‘A’ (Agriculture) zoning district located at 106 SW 109th Place on portions of tax parcel numbers 16305-000-000 and 16305-001-001.
Attachment: 
ZOX0315_Powerpoint.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOX0315_Powerpoint.pptx
Attachment: 
Resolution_ZOX0315.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOX_03_15_Site_Plan_6_23_15.pdf
Attachment: 
Z_15_09_ResolutionZOX_02_15.pdf
Attachment: 
ZOX0315_Staff_Report.pdf

 

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